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Book Themed Baby Shower

October 29, 2014
Book Themed Baby Shower. Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower! Via View From The Fridge!

We envisioned a quiet weekend this past weekend.

Instead, it was non-stop, action packed, exhausting, need-another-weekend-to-recover-from-this-weekend kinda weekend, but also was absolutely a blast!  We trick-or-treated, we dined with a total of 9 kids in full costume, 8 adults with 6+ pitchers of beer, we walked, played at the park, raked a million+ leaves, jumped in the piles of leaves, bagged the leaves, and slept about 0 (see explanation below .. ahem, Baby Ben).

The reason for this whole post, however, is the Baby shower my sister and I threw for our cousin, Betsy, on Sunday.  Betsy and her hubby ‘Phil The Man’ (long story on that nick name …) are expecting a baby boy in just under three weeks (their first bambino), and we had a brunch to celebrate!  It was a relatively small gathering … just the ladies on my Dad’s side of the family and my mom, but it was fun!

We decided on a Book Themed Baby Shower, and I thought I’d share a couple pictures of the party here.  It was a fun ‘theme’.  It was simple and easy to put together, but fun and festive at the same time!

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

Our menu for brunch included:

We bought each of these books, and gave them to Betsy as her shower gift from us.  Decor and present … these books worked double duty for us!

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS ‘WALKING TACOS’

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

GREEN EGGS AND HAM QUICHE

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE ‘VEGGIES AND DIP’

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR FRUIT TRAY

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

IF YOU GIVE A DOG A DONUT ‘DONUT CAKE’

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

GOODNIGHT MOON ‘MOON SHAPED COOKIES’

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH ‘SWEDISH FISH’

We also served hot apple cider, a blue fruit punch, coffee, diet coke, and water (but didn’t have any fancy book tie-ins with those).

The decorations were very minimal …

We hung up some hats and socks and displayed the books The Cat In The Hat and Fox In Socks on the mantel:

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

DECOR … (which also doubled as part of the gift)

I made a backdrop of old book pages and printed off some book page covers to make a bunting:

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

BOOK PAGE BACKDROP AND BUNTING MADE OF BOOK COVERS

I also took some clear mason jars, chalk painted them white, distressed, waxed, and then filled with those beautiful blue hydrangeas that you can see above (and in a couple other of the pictures above).  I forgot to take more pictures of those!  Those flowers were stunning!

The utensils were wrapped up in blue napkins with a blue bakers twine tie, and labeled with a sign that said, “And the dish ran away with the spoon …”:

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

AND THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON

I placed Baby’s Breath around the room and used books (that I covered with various colors of paper) as decoration:

 

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

‘BABY’S’ BREATH AND COVERED BOOKS AS DECOR

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For the games, I found this fun ‘Children’s Book Trivia Game’ on Creating Really Awesome Free Things, and it was perfect for the shower.

http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/b-is-for-baby-shower/

Samantha and Steph working hard on their trivia questions …

And I’m sure you’re thinking … ‘what an adorable pen she has!”.

I know, right?!?!

Apparently, I decided the pens needed some flair, too.  Baby BOY kind of flair …

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

TWO BOUQUETS OF PENS

All I did was make some yarn Poms (using THIS TUTORIAL) and attach to the top of some cheap blue pens.

My soon-to-be-Sister-in-Law also came up with Baby Shower Gift Bingo to keep us all focused on all the goods Betsy was opening!

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

JESS EXPLAINING THE GAMES

Betsy got some really fun gifts …

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

A BEAUTIFUL ‘BOOK THEMED’ QUILT FROM OUR AUNT JUDY

And my mom had someone make this book tote for all Baby Morris’ new book collection (specially decorated with all the books on the ‘menu’ at the shower):

 

Book Themed Baby Shower. Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower! Via View From The Fridge!

HAND DECORATED BOOK TOTE

and the back …

Book Themed Baby Shower. Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower! Via View From The Fridge!

BACK …

Absolutely adorable, huh?  I wish I was that artistic (and had that good of handwriting) …

And now we wait patiently to hear of Baby Morris’ arrival.  I love babies.  And baby birth stories.  And all the excitement around baby births.  I should have been a labor & delivery nurse …

What I don’t love???

The fact that Ben is sleeping worse than he did as a newborn.  Yep.  Every hour on the hour we spend some time together.  He just loves me that much.  And I’m delirious.  Almost fell asleep at Yoga on Monday.

I have high hopes for tonight, however …

Well … what is your favorite baby shower theme?  Or do you go theme-less??  My hubby hates themes … thinks they’re silly.  What do you think?

Book Themed Baby Shower.  Simple, but fun and festive ideas for a beautiful baby shower!  Via View From The Fridge!

Oh … and did you happen to notice something different AND AWESOME about the blog in the past couple days???

I’m in the process of updating the look.  And … since I’m basically clueless when it comes to these technical-behind-the-scenes kinda stuff, Clyde Sanchez is helping me out.  Thank god for him!!  He’s the talented and creative Courtney (of Crafts By Courtney)’s husband and he is an awesome web designer, SEO expert, and all around technical guru.  And he’s got great taste.  Stop over and say hello to Clyde and tell him how awesome he is.

Things will continue to be updated over the next couple weeks.  It’s very much a work in progress right now, but Clyde’s got it all under control (which is waaaay more than I can say for myself these days!!).

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today!  If this post doesn’t make sense, I blame the lack of sleep.  In which case, just browse through the pictures and ignore my rambling …

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17 Comments

  • Reply Heather @ new house new home October 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

    What a sweet idea! Pinning! One day I’ll have a grandchild to welcome with a baby shower – soon, I hope.
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  • Reply Rana October 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I love this idea and I completely understand about the lack of sleep. That is something that you never get used to no matter how many kids you have.

  • Reply Leslie @ House on the Way October 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

    What a perfect shower idea! Definitely pinning to my party ideas board!

  • Reply Kristi October 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    SUCH a perfect theme Katie!!! I would love something like this for my next baby shower (someday!)!
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  • Reply Theresa @DearCreatives October 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

    What a fun shower! Love booked themed ones. Had to drop by and see the whole post. My daughter is due in Feb. I don’t know if she’ll have another shower but, this would be perfect to do. Thanks for the inspiration, pinning.
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  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane October 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    what a perfect party theme. As new parents we can all use new baby books for our little ones. Great way to start the collection!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney October 30, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Everything looks amazing here! With all my baby showers the guests always brought a book for the baby. I wish I would have actually had a shower like this.
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  • Reply Erin October 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    What a great idea! Everything turned out so cute for this shower! The pens, the book cover bunting…and the food. You took some really good pics of the food because I literally wanted to reach through my computer screen and grab one of those donuts!!! Lol. Looks like Clyde is doing a great job with the site too! I may need some help of my own soon :)
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  • Reply Liz November 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    such a creative and adorable idea!!! i love how you tied bits of each book into the shower. i don’t think i could have been that creative! :) amazing job!!
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  • Reply Deebi27 January 11, 2015 at 12:16 am

    i ❤️ this idea! We have a soon to be Daughter/Sister in law to be who is having a baby in few months. We were going to do flowers,BUT I love the book theme better! We found incorporate both really!! I have sent this to my daughter and will call the Aunt tomorrow!!! I am so exited about this idea! Thanks!

  • Reply Julie February 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Hi! I’m throwing a shower similar to this and was wondering what you used for the caterpillar’s ears! :) If you wouldn’t mind emailing me to let me know, I’d really appreciate it! Yours turned out so adorable!

    • Reply Katie February 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Hi Julie! The ears are bran pieces from some trail mix we happened to have. I know that’s not super helpful, but we just improvised that morning! Have fun!

  • Reply Nancy Buckley February 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I found this while searching Pinterest…I can’t thank you enough for all the pictures you posted…I’m going to use pretty much all of your ideas for my niece’s book themed baby shower:-)

    • Reply Katie February 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Yea! Thanks for the note. I’m so glad you found it! Good luck with the shower! I’d love to see pictures afterwards!

  • Reply Katie March 7, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Love the book tote, any idea where it was purchased? I can not seem to find one anywhere!

    • Reply Katie March 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Katie … my mom actually had that custom made for my cousin. She found someone who simply used paint pens to create the designs on a white tote she bought from Target. Thanks for the question! Good luck.

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